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Akif İnan

(1940 – 19/1/2000)

I Say

I shall descend on my iner heavens I say

I am tired of being a word carrier


I shall walk under the earth one day, I say

I shall emancipate myself from the mind’s torment


The pain of all fallen leaves lives inside me, I say

They lengthen my sleepless nights.


Perhaps madness shall be my salvation, I say

I shall release myself from wordly affairs

(Translated by Mevlut Ceylan, 101Poems by 101Poets An Anthology of Turkish Poetry)